Career Opportunities

Geoscientists are involved in some of society's most challenging problems and exciting phenomena, such as:

  • Searching for energy resources like petroleum, coal, natural gas and geothermal energy
  • Studying the movement and quality of ground water resources
  • Understanding global climate patterns
  • Developing natural resources in ways that safeguard the environment
  • The discovery, mining and reclamation of mineral deposits;
  • Studying earthquake faults and volcanoes to predict their behavior and prevent damage
  • Excavating and evaluating dinosaur and other fossil sites
  • Designing and monitoring dams, highways, and landfill sites
  • Looking for meteorites in Antarctica

The jobs of geoscientists may have them working on problems in their hometown or across the world. They may be doing basic field work in the wilderness one day and utilizing the most sophisticated analytical and computer equipment the next.

Meaningful careers are open to those with bachelor’s degrees, with expanded opportunities for those who go on to receive graduate degrees.

Potential Job Titles
  • Atmospheric scientists
  • Environmental geologists
  • Geochemists
  • Geologists
  • Geographers
  • Geophysicists
  • Hydrogeologists
  • Meteorologists
  • Oceanographers
  • Paleontologists
  • Petroleum geologists
  • Planetary geologists
  • Seismologists
  • Structural geologists
Potential Employers
  • Engineering firms
  • Geological and environmental consulting firms
  • Mining companies
  • Museums
  • Petroleum companies
  • State and federal agencies
  • Secondary schools
  • Universities and colleges

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According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, geoscientists make an average yearly income of $89,910. The estimated growth for geology-related job openings from 2014 to 2024 is 10 percent, which is faster than the average growth for all jobs in the U.S.

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